NY woman files transvaginal mesh lawsuit against American Medical Systems
A New York woman has filed a lawsuit against American Medical Systems for severe injuries she alleges were caused by the IntePro Large Pore Polypropylene Y-Sling, a transvaginal mesh device used to correct pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI).
The case, part of the multidistrict litigation (MDL) against American Medical Systems pending in U.S. District Court in Charleston, West Virginia, states that the plaintiff was implanted with the transvaginal mesh device in September 2008 to correct problems associated with stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Instead of improving her health, however, the mesh device severely injured the patient, the lawsuit alleges.
According to the plaintiff’s law firm, the plaintiff experienced a number of health consequences as a direct result of the device, including “significant mental and physical pain and suffering, permanent injury, permanent and substantial physical deformity and loss of her bodily organ system.”
Transvaginal mesh has widely replaced more conventional forms of surgery to shore up pelvic organs that have fallen out of place as a result of weakened pelvic muscles, but mounting injury reports and lawsuits indicate the devices may pose more risks than benefits.
Transvaginal mesh that shifts or breaks apart may erode through the vaginal wall, puncture organs, and cause bleeding and infection – all of which are usually accompanied by intense, often debilitating pain. Some women suffering from transvaginal mesh complications also find that mesh erosion makes sexual intercourse too painful and risky for their male partner, thus straining relationships.
Unfortunately, because the mesh is designed to allow body tissue to grow through its tiny holes, removing the device often requires multiple surgeries. For some women who have been told complete removal of their transvaginal mesh is impossible, a lifetime of pain management is the next best option.
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